What’s on Your Smartphone? Best Apps for Travel

Overwhelmed by the dizzying swirl of apps surrounding you? Likely there is an app for that. At the latest annual Phocuswright gathering, held last fall in Los Angeles, the buzzword hanging over the panels like a headache was “app fatigue.” The new term describes what every traveler feels while scrolling their Smartphone for information on the right seat, the level of rewards points, whether there is a better flight to book or the location of the nearest Starbucks, usually in a mad dash for the departure gate. Read more »

Travel Packages: Fishing Where the Fish Are

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Angling for Auld Lang Syne

There is a time and place for fishing in everyone’s life and for many, that ideal place could be the River Tweed Fishing Lodge, a historic home on a private estate on the banks of the River Tweed. Located less than an hour from Edinburgh International Airport, the property is offering a seven-night/six-day fishing experience or a four-night/three-day fishing package. Fishing is complemented with tours, heritage, scenery, outdoor activities and warm Scottish hospitality. Read more »

Waiting for Pandora: A Disney Feat like no Other

You’ve seen the commercials and they are stunning: glowing indigo creatures, fast flying reptiles, boulders draped in rope and vine seemingly hanging in the skies above you and all around you flowers and fungi seem to luminescently light the way to heaven.

The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens May 27 at the Walt Disney World Resort.  And when it does, the all-new land will immerse guests in a mystical world of massive floating mountains, sparkling rainforests and breathtaking new experiences. Read more »

Building Your Bucket List and Checking it Twice


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Are there psychological consequences to be considered from creating a travel bucket list? According to the latest AARP Travel Survey, diving into the emotional, mental and physical benefits of creating a travel-related bucket list can have lasting positive effects for those travelers able to actually check off items on that list. Read more »

Sweet Immersion: Cabo’s Resort at Pedregal

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Cabo San Lucas at the bottom of the Baja Peninsula in Western Mexico has more than a few charms that keep the L.A. glitterati coming back. They find an immersion in deep luxury at the confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez where the Resort at Pedregal rises like mirage of pampered possibilities from the rocky cliffs. READ MORE … Read more »

Sushi U: Educative Dining Tours in Tokyo


Eating sushi in Japan requires much more than a pair of chop sticks and a master willing to serve up a plate of properly cut raw fish. Eating sushi in Japan, for those heading to the land of the rising sun, requires an education.

Now travelers en route to Tokyo and beyond can wax eloquently about the art of eating, Japanese style, through a new offering by Tabimori, Inc.: SushiUniversity. Read more »

Renewal in NYC: Refinery Hotel Steeped in History

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By Stacey Zable

The Refinery Hotel set in the heart of New York City’s Fashion District is not only conveniently located walking distance to many of midtown Manhattan’s attractions, but is also an interesting attraction in its own right. Transformed into a 197-room boutique hotel, the Refinery was once the Colony Arcade Building, a 20th century high-end millinery factory and tea salon. In addition to providing guest rooms, the hotel offers on-site entertainment and dining in the form of a signature restaurant, lobby bar with live jazz, and an indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge. Read more »